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Dozens of nonprofit organizations provide vital services to St. Mary’s County and rely on volunteers to fulfill their mission. Here is a list of many of those community groups and clubs, organized by subject. Nonprofit organizations not listed here that would like to be included in future compilations of community organizations in St. Mary’s County that can use volunteer help can call Susan Craton at 301-866-6447 or write


Feral Cat Rescue is a nonprofit organization that works to humanely reduce the feral and stray cat population in our county. Volunteers staff a public adoption event to place domesticated, fully vetted cats and kittens at the Petco in California every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and volunteers for trapping and transporting feral cats are welcome. Foster homes are also are needed. Call 301-475-5059 or visit

Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland is an all volunteer nonprofit rescue group, serving Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s County. The group’s mission is to find permanent homes for golden retrievers in need, but volunteers to assist with our free foster care services are welcome. Volunteers are needed to staff educational tables, do home visits for prospective adopters, provide temporary, loving homes until adoption and to help with fundraising. In addition to rescuing goldens, group members gather at local dog parks monthly for play dates, host beach blasts, agility/training classes, picnics and other events for goldens and their humans. Call 1-844-477-3728 or visit

Greyt Expectations Greyhound Rescue assists greyhounds, putting about 100 of these retired racers in good homes each year. Visit or call Joan and George Nussberger of Mechanicsville at 301-373-4820 or Cindy and Ted Skierkiewicz of Callaway at 240-538-2932.

The Tri-County Animal Shelter, located on Route 231 in Hughesville, supports and houses domestic stray animals for Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. The shelter takes domestic animals when their owners can no longer provide care for them and offers assistance and guidance to owners of pets with behavioral problems. The shelter offers pet adoptions. Call 800-903-1992 or 301-932-1713 or visit

Second Hope Rescue Inc. is a regional animal rescue group that seeks to give “second hope” to hard-to-place animals. The group has animals available for adoption that can be viewed at Foster homes are needed. Call 240-925-0628.

St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League is a nonprofit organization that works to protect animals from cruelty and abuse. Goals include the building of a no-kill shelter for cats and dogs in St. Mary’s County and to continue an aggressive spay/neuter program. Services provided include pet adoptions, discount spay or neuter vouchers, senior citizen and low-income. Call 301-373-5659 or visit


FLOW Mentoring, a program in St. Mary’s County public schools, matches responsible community members with students in the public school system. Volunteer mentors meet at the student’s school one day a week throughout the academic year. FLOW mentoring is seeking volunteers to mentor students in our public elementary schools as well as the Fairlead Academy. Call Sarah Tyson at 301-475-0242, ext. 148, write or visit

The Friends of the St. Mary’s Library is made uo of members who advocate for and support the library as a group and individually. Call Marilyn Lash at 301-475-2846, ext. 1007, or visit (see link to “Friends of the Library”) for meeting times and locations.

The Learning Disabilities Association of St. Mary’s County is dedicated to promoting public awareness of learning disabilities and providing information and support to individuals with learning disabilities, their families and others. Call 301-994-1329, 301-872-5039 or visit

The Lexington Park library needs volunteers to work in circulation (interlibrary loans, book sales and donations), the children’s department, the summer reading program and various clerical duties. Call Melissa Racine at 301-863-8188, ext. 4 or write

Literacy Council of St. Mary’s County recruits volunteers to tutor adults on a one-on-one basis. The council holds free tutor-training workshops several times a year. No previous teaching or tutoring experience is necessary. Call 301-863-4847 or write

The Southern Maryland Applied Research and Technology Consortium Inc. (SMARTCO) is a nonprofit, all-volunteer corporation that receives used computers and computer peripherals from public and private organizations and individuals, then repairs or refurbishes those computers for distribution to schools and community service nonprofit organizations. For more information, see

Fire and rescue

To volunteer to join or assist the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department in Lexington Park, call the station at 301-737-0654 or 301-863-8790.

To volunteer to join or assist the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, call the station at 301-373-3131. The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department can be reached at 301-373-2900.

To volunteer to join the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, call 301-475-8996. The Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad can be reached at 301-475-8509.

The Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad is looking for people to man the ambulances. Drivers, EMTs, and crew persons are all needed. The rescue squad will furnish the training to be an emergency driver, an EMTB, and CPR for any interested volunteers. Volunteers who are skilled in building maintenance are also needed. Call 301-862-3331, write or visit

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad is always looking for new members. The following positions are available: EMTs, drivers, paramedics, administrative, auxiliary or cadet. Call 301-884-2900. If you want to volunteer but do not want to respond to emergencies consider joining the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary. Call 301-884-2900 or visit To inquire about joining the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, call 301-884-4709.

To volunteer to join or assist the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, call the station at 301-872-5970. To volunteer with the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department write

Come and experience an evening with the Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad in Valley Lee any Wednesday night beginning at 7 p.m. to see for yourself if you fit into the shoes of a firefighter or that of an emergency medical provider. The department has various kinds of membership that allow people to support in whatever capacity they are willing to donate their time. Call 301-994-0751, write or visit

To volunteer to join or assist the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, call the station at 301-769-2287 or visit The Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department can be reached at 301-769-3600.


American Legion Post 255 and Auxiliary in Ridge meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at 13390 Point Lookout Road. Call 301-872-5349. Post 221 in Avenue meets on the first Thursday of the month at 8 p.m. at 21690 Colton Point Road. Call 301-884-4071. Post 162 in Lexington Park meets the second Thursday of the month at Lenny’s restaurant in California at 7:30 p.m. Call Catherine Major at 301-737-0085. Post 298 in Charlotte Hall meets the third Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Call Carole Lewis at 301-884-8171, ext. 483.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, located off Chancellor’s Run Road in California, meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The Elks is a national fraternal organization that supports veterans and a variety of charities, including youth activities such as Special Olympics, scholarships and drug awareness. To join, a current Elk must sponsor an application for membership. Call 301-863-7800 or visit

Federally Employed Women, Patuxent River Chapter, is a national nonprofit professional organization comprised of federal civilian and military personnel, both men and women, concerned with the quality of life in federal service. For information visit or call Sharmella Riggs at 301-757-5661.

The Fifth District Homemakers meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Northern Senior Activity Center in Charlotte Hall. Call 301-472-4020.

Fleet Reserve-Unit 93, Ladies Auxiliary meets the first Monday of every month. Its board of directors meeting is at 5:30 p.m. and the general meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve building, located on Route 235 south of Gate 2 to Patuxent River Naval Air Station. All Navy, Marine and Coast Guard personnel, retirees and their dependents are eligible to become members of the Fleet Reserve or the ladies auxiliary. Call 301-863-6117 or 301-863-8291.

The GFWC Woman’s Club of St. Mary’s County is part of an international organization dedicated to community improvement and education through volunteer service. Call Joan Springer at 301-994-1228 or Noreen Neel at 301-994-1038.

Members of the Kiwanis Club of St. Mary’s County work together on community service initiatives to achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. The club mentors students, hosts an annual health and safety fair, raises money for youth programs, participates in local charity projects, works side by side with student volunteers, provides families in need meals and gifts at the holidays, and so much more. Call 410-326-5117 or 301-737-6311.

The Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Southern Maryland meets the third Wednesday of the month (September through May) at 10:30 a.m. for a program followed by lunch at the Ruddy Duck in Solomons. Nonmembers are welcome. Call Bonnie Baca at 410-394-0511 or visit

The League of Women Voters of St. Mary’s County regularly meets monthly at various locations. Formed in 1977, the nonpartisan group works to educate the community on local, state and national issues. Call 301-994-3994 or visit

The Minority Business Alliance of St. Mary’s County meets on the third Thursday of each month at 26603 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park at 7 p.m. A nonprofit organization, the alliance is a network of business owners and other professionals. The group’s goal is to exchange information and develop economically, and to encourage and inspire youth toward entrepreneurship. Call 301-863-0552 or write

The NAACP’s St. Mary’s County chapter meets at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month. Call 301-863-3011 or visit

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Chapter 969 is dedicated to protecting the earned retirement benefits of federal employees, retirees and their spouses. NARFE meets the third Friday of each month, except January and February, at Olde Breton Inn in Leonardtown. A luncheon starts at noon. Meeting starts at 1 p.m. Call Robert Schultz at 301-737-4102.

The Optimist Clubs, nonprofit community service organizations, sponsor various youth programs within the county. Chaptico/4th District Optimists meet every second and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Call 301-884-5637. Mechanicsville Optimists meet the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Parlett Farm social room off Route 6 in Mechanicsville. Call 240-427-8909 or visit The Seventh District Optimist Club meets on the first, second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Visit The St. Maries Optimist Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at The Lexington on Great Mills Road. Call Patrick Dale at 301-737-0707. The Tall Timbers Optimist Club meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at St. George’s Catholic Church Hall. Call Bonnie Bowes at 301-994-0985.

The Rotary Club of Leonardtown meets each Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in the Atrium of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown. Call 301-475-6999. The Rotary Club of Charlotte Hall meets at St. Mary’s Landing at 7:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Call Steve Mattingly at 301-884-5904. The Rotary Club of Lexington Park meets on non-holiday Mondays at noon at the Elks Lodge #2092 in Great Mills. Call 301-863-7800.

The St. Mary’s River Watershed Association works to protect, improve and promote the well-being of the St. Mary’s River Watershed through the collaborative efforts of economic, agricultural, environmental, social, cultural, and political stakeholders in the community. Visit

The St. Mary’s County Lions Clubs are known for sight-related charities, collecting used eyeglasses and providing new glasses for low-income residents. They also help people in the community by assisting with medical bills, offering scholarships and support, supporting local charities and youth sports leagues. The Mechanicsville chapter meets at St. Mary’s Landing on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.; call 301-769-2630. The Leonardtown Lions meet at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Old Breton Inn in Leonardtown. Call 301-475-3188. The Ridge Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at First Methodist Church in Ridge; call 301-872-5924. The Hollywood Lions Club meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at D.B. McMillans in California; call Joseph Joseph at 240-298-8040. The Lexington Park Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the dining hall of the Church of the Ascension in Lexington Park. Call Jess Davis at 301-863-2561.


A Community That Shares is a nonprofit organization providing St. Mary’s County residents with the temporary use of convalescent equipment at no charge. ACTS distributes the convalescent equipment on an “as-required” basis. Equipment is normally loaned to individuals for a 90-day period. If the need persists, this time may be extended. Call 301-769-4199 and leave a message. To make a donation, call 800-HELPNOW.

The American Heart Association funds research, creates new programs to teach heart-healthy lifestyles and develops publications with updated information about heart disease and stroke. Call 800-242-8721 or visit

Better Breathers Club is a free program offered at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for people with a pulmonary disease, such as COPD. During this free program, several pulmonary-related topics will be discussed such as breathing techniques, home health care and exercise. Call 240-434-7143.

The Care Net Pregnancy Center of Southern Maryland is a faith-based organization that offers, free of charge, education on pregnancy and child care issues, pregnancy tests, limited diagnostic sonograms, friendship and support. It operates out of three offices: 21562 Thames Ave., Lexington Park, 301-737-4604; 25482 Point Lookout Road, Unit 201A, Leonardtown, 301-475-5333; and 2196 Solomons Island Road, Suite 3, Prince Frederick, 410-326-6866. Care Net welcomes donations of new and gently used maternity clothes, baby clothes, other baby necessities and equipment as well as formula, diapers, and toiletries.

Throughout the year, Charlotte Hall Veterans Home has more than 400 active volunteers. To offer a helping hand by assisting residents, call Carole Lewis, director of community outreach, at 301-884-8171, ext. 483.

A free cancer support group is offered by the American Cancer Society and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for cancer patients and their families on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Meetings are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Outpatient Pavilion on second floor. Call 240-434-7247.

Health Share of St. Mary’s is a nonprofit program that provides access to primary health care for low-income adults. Health Share provides access to a primary care physician, co-pay on generic drugs and outpatient services at St. Mary’s Hospital. Health Share is a joint effort of local physicians, pharmacies, St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Mary’s County Health Department and the St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services. Health Share is a member of the United Way of St. Mary’s County. Call 240-895-7000.

Hospice of St. Mary’s helps terminally ill people live more comfortably during their final phases of life. The organization provides a wide variety of services to the terminally ill and their families. Call 301-994-3023 or visit An adult grief support group offered by Hospice of St. Mary’s meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Pavilion, and eight-week long groups for children, teens and surviving spouses are also available. Call 301-994-3078.

Look Good, Feel Better is a free program for cancer patients in any stage of diagnosis or treatment. Offered by MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in partnership with the National Cosmetology Association and the American Cancer Society, the seminar helps female cancer patients improve their appearance and self-image by learning hands-on beauty techniques to overcome side effects of chemotherapy. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Outpatient Pavilion in the Cancer Care Infusion Service Center. Call 301-475-6070.

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is a full-service community hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown. Volunteer opportunities for adults and high school aged individuals are currently available. MedStar St. Mary’s matches volunteers to open positions based on individual interests, skills, talents and availability. Call 301-475-6453 or visit

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Maryland offers a wide array of programs to individuals who have a mental illness; to family members, care givers, and friends who love them; and to community stakeholders who need to know more about mental illness and their vital role in recovery. Call 301-737-1988, write or visit

On Our Own of St. Mary’s, a wellness and recovery center, is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 41660 Park Ave. in Leonardtown. On Our Own offers advocacy, education, social and peer support and works to fight stigma for people with a mental illness. Call 301-997-1066.

Pastoral Counseling Center of St. Mary’s is a nonprofit, ecumenical organization whose ministry is to provide professional mental health services to all people of the tri-county area, regardless of ability to pay. Call 301-863-9333.

Pathways Inc. offers outpatient mental health treatment and rehabilitation as well as housing and vocational services to adults and adolescents in the Southern Maryland Tri-county area. Call 301-373-3065 or visit

Senior Gold Card Club meets monthly for a free event where members enjoy a heart-healthy lunch and are treated to an interesting and informative educational program. The event is hosted by Health Connections of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Call 301-475-6019.

Seven Healthy Habits of People with Diabetes meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library, and is led by certified diabetes educators at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital who teach you how to better manage diabetes, one healthy step at a time. Caregivers and family members are welcome. If you have diabetes and feel overwhelmed, this free support group is just for you. Call 301-475-6019.

St. Mary’s Bosom Pals, a breast cancer support group, holds educational meetings at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at various restaurants. Call Marcia Shapiro at 301-475-6760.

To volunteer, become a member of the auxiliary/foundation or make a donation to the St. Mary’s County Health Department, call Cindy Spalding at 301-475-4328 or write

Stroke Survivors is a free program at the Outpatient Pavillion in the Health connections office. Meet other stroke survivors and get friendly support while learning about the causes of stroke, recovery and prevention tips. Experts in rehabilitation from MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital will be available to answer your questions as you enjoy light refreshments with other survivors and their families. Call 301-475-6019.


The Friends of St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums are seeking members for the St. Mary’s County Museum Division Volunteer League. The league is looking for people to assist museum staff with group tours, special events and the gift shops at the St. Clement’s Island Museum and the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum. Call 301-769-2222 for St. Clement’s or 301-994-1471 for Piney Point.

Historic Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood needs volunteers for its visitors center/museum shop, education department, garden guild, historical interpretation, management office and special events. Call 301-373-2280, write or visit

Historic St. Mary’s City welcomes volunteers who share a commitment to learn and to educate. Write the HSMC volunteer coordinator at or visit

To volunteer with the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park, call the docent program coordinator at 301-863-1900 or write

Summerseat Farm has volunteer opportunities including general farm and household maintenance; gardening, landscaping and grounds maintenance; historical research and documentation; publicity; grant writing and assistance with special events. Call 301-373-6607, write or visit

St. Mary’s County Historical Society is always looking for volunteers with a variety of talents and skills. Activities could include cataloging, data entry, filing, assisting in research activities and conducting tours of Tudor Hall and the old jail in Leonardtown. Volunteering can be a regular weekly commitment, or can involve specific, temporary projects creating an exhibit on a particular piece of local history. Individuals with talent mounting exhibit text and images labels are particularly appreciated. Call 301-475-2467 or write .


The St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services. To donate, volunteer or receive assistance, call 240-895-7000.

First Saints Community Church in Leonardtown offers a soup kitchen Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Food bags are available on Thursdays only. Call 301-475-7200.

Good Samaritan Lutheran Church’s food pantry has openings for backup volunteers for food distribution every Wednesday and Friday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Caring soup kitchen needs volunteers from Monday to Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m., and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to pick up food from the Southern Maryland Food Bank in Hughesville on Mondays. Call 301-863-4740 or write

Helping Hands in Hollywood offers a food pantry Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To donate, volunteer or receive assistance, call 301-373-6990.

HOPE of Southern Maryland (Helpers Overcoming Problems Effectively), is an incorporated nonprofit charitable organization supported by local churches, community organizations, United Way and private donations, giving food and other help all year round to those needing emergency assistance. Volunteers are needed for the food pantry on Fridays. If interested in receiving assistance or becoming a volunteer, call 301-737-2870.

Lexington Park Baptist Church offers a food pantry on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Assistance may be received once a month per family. Call 301-862-2552.

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville offers a food pantry Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 11 a.m. and meals for seniors on the second Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. To donate, volunteer or receive assistance, call 301-884-4132.

SHARE (Self-help and Resource Exchange) Food is a nonprofit community based program that offers a discounted food to anyone in the community. Members can receive $45 worth of food for $21 a month at the distribution center located at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Lexington Park. Go to to see monthly menu or call 301-863-8490 for sign-up information.

St. Cecilia’s Church in Lexington Park offers a food pantry Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 301-862-4600.

St. Mary’s Caring serves breakfast and lunch to those in need Monday through Saturday from its facility next to Good Samaritan Lutheran Church on Langley Road, just off Great Mills Road near the Route 5 intersection. The St. Mary’s Caring soup kitchen is open Monday through Saturday. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 10 a.m., and lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 301-863-5700.

The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services Meals On Wheels Program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the community. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday for about two hours each midday. Call Bridget Maddox at 301-475-4200, ext. 1060, or write

St. Vincent de Paul at St. Aloysius in Leonardtown offers a food pantry Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with emergency baskets available once a year. Call 301-475-8064.

St. Vincent de Paul at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church offers a food pantry Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. To donate, volunteer or receive assistance, call 301-863-8193.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington Park offers a food pantry on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. during the summer months every other week. Call 301-863-9512.

Zion United Methodist Church in Lexington Park offers a food pantry on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Must have picture ID and proof of income. Call 301-863-5161.


Friends of Myrtle Point Park meet every other month. For dates and times, call Bob Boxwell at 443-404-5549 or visit

Volunteers assist all of the programs and activities sponsored by the Greenwell Foundation, located in Greenwell State Park in Hollywood. Many volunteer opportunities exist, from working in the barn to assisting with the therapeutic riding program and helping with camps. Volunteers also maintain the trails and tend the gardens. Call 301-373-9775, write or visit

The Newtowne Players Community Theater of Lexington Park needs help with arts and crafts, the costume shop, publicity, construction, fundraising, stage crew, ushers, acting and technical support. Call 301-737-5447, write or visit


The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization of Catholic men dedicated to the church. Knights work to make a difference in the community via service and charity. For the Knights of Columbus St. Mary’s Council 1470, established in 1910, call Mike Campieggo at 301-475-9060. Other Knights of Columbus councils in St. Mary’s County include St. Michael’s Council 2065 in Ridge, which meets at its council home on the third Monday at 7:30 p.m; call James Biscoe at 301-872-5140. The St. John Francis Regis Council 7914 in Hollywood meets at St. John’s in the basement of the rectory on the first and third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The first Wednesday meeting is for members. The third Wednesday meeting is for officers. Call 301-373-2281. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Council 9968 in Lexington Park holds a council meeting on the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. and officers meet the Thursday before that meeting; call Jim McFillin at 301-863-3887. St. Francis Xavier, the Missionary, Council 10957 in Newtowne/Compton, meets at the St. Francis Xavier parish hall on the second and fourth Tuesday; call 301-769-2269 or visit Holy Face Council 3849 meets in the Holy Face Church parish hall in Great Mills the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.; call the Rev. Joseph Calis at 301-994-0525. The Father Sebastian DeRose Council 13091 at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, meets at the Religious Program Center, Building 401, on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.; call 301-342-3811.

The Knights of St. John International Commandery 386 is affiliated with Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mechanicsville. This is a fraternal organization of Catholic men who must be recommended by their pastor. Knights of Columbus are also welcome to join. Call 301-884-3123.

The Knights of St. John Ladies Auxiliary is affiliated with Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mechanicsville. The groups raise money for charitable causes such as Angels Watch shelter in Hughesville. Call 301-884-3123.

The Knights of St. Jerome is the oldest Catholic fraternal organization in the Archdiocese of Washington. Membership is open to Catholics 16 and older. The Knights of St. Jerome contributes to charitable causes and works for the church, the community and other members. Call 301-872-5619 or 301-872-5460.

Young Life is a nonprofit, international, interdenominational mission community of adult volunteers and staff who walk alongside youth through the often turbulent years of adolescence and to share the Gospel with them. The group is looking for adult volunteer leaders to work directly with adolescents from middle school through college age in mentoring relationships for six or more hours a week. Training is provided. Write or visit

Social service

Alternatives for Youth and Families is a nonprofit child-welfare agency that provides a continuum of care including therapeutic group homes, therapeutic foster care, residential crisis, independent living and psychiatric rehabilitation. Call 301-884-0312 or visit

The American Red Cross performs many tasks in Southern Maryland, only one of which is accepting blood donations through local donation sites. It provides health and safety information and courses in CPR, first aid, baby-sitting, pet first aid to assist pet owners in an emergency and a wide range of other courses. The Red Cross provides emergency assistance, including shelter, first aid, food, clothing and essential household needs. For military personnel and their families, Red Cross service includes assisting individuals with personal and family problems and helping to maintain family communications during emergencies such as a birth or a death in the family. Call the Southern Maryland Chapter at 301-934-2066 or visit

The Arc of Southern Maryland is a non-profit organization serving the residents of southern Maryland. Arc promotes community involvement, independence and personal success for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Call 301-475-5652 or visit

Bay Community Support Services is a full-service agency that provides quality support services for people with disabilities and their families. Services include residential support in agency group homes and privately owned homes, employment services, nursing care, transportation, and more. Volunteers are a valuable resource and are needed for fundraising, marketing, yard care, office assistance and maintenance of agency group homes. For information visit or call Brandy Blackistone at 443-336-7588.

Center for Children Inc. is a nonprofit mental health clinic providing counseling, advocacy, family support services and crisis intervention to children, adults and families throughout Southern Maryland. Call 301-475-8860 or visit

The mission of the Center for Life Enrichment is to provide programs and support services that will increase the vocational and personal potential of individuals with disabilities. Increased independence, integration into the workforce, and the opportunity for social interaction is the focus of its services. Call 301-373-8100 or visit

Christmas in April-St. Mary’s County is a local chapter of Rebuilding Together, a national volunteer organization that rehabilitates the houses of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and disabled. The group is always looking for volunteers. To donate money or volunteer time, at 301-863-2905 or visit

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children. The program recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for these children in court proceedings. Call 410-535-3047 (Calvert), 301-475-6667 (St. Mary’s) or 301-609-9887 (Charles County) or write

The Crib is a nonprofit group that provides support for single-parent families who are experiencing an economic, relational, environmental or emotional life challenge. The program is looking for volunteer coaches and people to contribute and manage the website for single parents. For information email: or visit

The Fleet and Family Support Center is a multi-service organization that meets the challenges and improves the quality of military life. Call 301-342-4911.

Leah’s House provides single women and children (including victims of domestic violence) safe housing at a minimal fee. Volunteers can help with a variety of community outreach programs. Call 301-994-9580, 866-293-0623 for details or visit

Patuxent Habitat for Humanity has various volunteer opportunities that include participating in the construction of homes for disadvantaged families or working at its ReStore assisting with pickups and deliveries, cashier work or merchandising. Habitat’s headquarters and ReStore are located just outside Gate 2 of Patuxent River Naval Air Station and are open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Laurie Walker at 301-863-6227 or 410-326-9050.

The Promise Resource Center provides free child care referral services for parents seeking child care; low-cost training opportunities for child care providers and parents; mentoring and support to licensed child care providers and behavior management services; and providers and parents dealing with children ages birth to 5 with challenging behaviors. Call 301-290-0040 or visit

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of St. Mary’s County places persons 55 years of age and older in meaningful volunteer opportunities with local non-profits, community organizations and county agencies. Among the wide range of volunteer opportunities available are Meals on Wheels, Senior Rides, Senior Activity Centers, Senior Vibes, Adult Literacy Council, Hospice, Veterans Home, Food Pantries, Health Fair, Learning Is ForEver (LIFE), Museum Guides, and more. RSVP volunteers are covered by supplemental insurance, attend an annual awards banquet, and receive quarterly newsletter featuring current program news and volunteer opportunities for seniors. Call 301-737-5670, ext. 1653 or write

The Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy focuses on legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and to low-income individuals in the area of family law. Call 301-373-4141 or visit

The Southern Maryland Center for Independent Living aims to support people with disabilities and help them navigate the support they need to increase and/or maintain their independence in the community of their choosing. Call 301-884-4498 or visit

Special Olympics St. Mary’s County offers comprehensive year-round sports training and competition to Special Olympics athletes. Training programs and competitive events are open to all with intellectual disabilities who are at least 8 years old, regardless of the degree of their disability. Call Connie Thompson at 301-481-7049 or visit

The St. Mary’s County AARP Tax-Aide Program needs seasonal support of volunteers as tax counselors to provide free federal and state tax preparation for low- to moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to the senior population. Training is provided, but volunteers must be comfortable with computers, as well as Internet and e-mail access. Training and most site work is done during normal business hours. Occasionally, service events will be scheduled for evenings and Saturdays. Call Dana Davis at 301-863-2561 or visit or

St. Mary’s Adult Medical Day Care welcomes volunteers for a variety of needs. Call 301-373-6515.

The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services operates three senior activity centers that are in need of volunteers. The centers provide a variety of activities and programs for seniors Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available. Call Alice Allen at 301-475-4200, ext. 1063, or write The department also operates a Senior Rides Program that offers senior citizens in St. Mary’s County rides to and from medical appointments, errands and social events. The program fulfills this need through a pool of devoted volunteer drivers but the demand outweighs the ability of this small group. Call Denise Charlot at 301-475-4200, ext. 1066.

Three Oaks Center offers emergency transitional and permanent supportive housing services, which includes shelter, stabilization, assessment and referral to individuals and families in the county. Call 301-863-9535 or visit

Tri-County Youth Services Bureau provides a variety of services for area youth and their families. The counselors, youth development interventionists and support staff at TCYSB provide delinquency prevention, youth suicide prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, youth development and family navigation services to families in our community. Call 301-645-1837 or visit

The United Way of St. Mary’s County is a locally controlled fund-raising organization with members of the community serving as the all-volunteer board of directors. All funds raised remain in St. Mary’s County unless specifically directed elsewhere by the donor. Call 301-862-5577, write or visit

Volunteer Southern Maryland serves as a one-stop shop for people who are looking for volunteer opportunities in Southern Maryland. VSMD hosts an online database of current volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved in the community. Call 301-934-7642, write or visit

Walden/Sierra Inc. is a community-based health agency. The mission is to improve the quality of mind and spirit of the community. It endeavors to promote the well-being of children to conserve and strengthen individual and family life. Walden/Sierra works with adults, children, families and individuals by providing a continuum of behavioral health care, including a 24-hour crisis hotline, the Anchor drug rehabilitation program and more. Call 301-863-6661 or visit

Local churches are providing shelter and meals for homeless neighbors during the coldest months. The program, WARM (Wrapping Arms ‘Round Many), needs volunteers to serve as drivers to drive the screened participants to the churches in the evening and back to Three Oaks Center. Call 301-475-7200.


4-H Clubs are organized by the University of Maryland Extension. Numerous 4-H Clubs meet in St. Mary’s County. Volunteers are needed to help lead clubs and support the program in a variety of activities. Contact Barbara Dobbins at 301-475-4478 or for a list of local clubs; or visit

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maryland matches children, ages 7 to 14, with a trusted adult friend with the goal of impacting youth development. Call 301-290-0501 or visit

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Call 410-257-0007 or visit

The Discover U Children’s Museum aims to bring an interactive, hands-on children’s museum to St. Mary’s County that will educate and entertain the children, families and visitors of Southern Maryland. Visit

Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital can refer St. Mary’s County residents to local troops. Call 800-523-7898 or 800-834-1702.

The Greenwell Foundation is accepting applications starting March 1 for the 2013 Camp Buddies program. Camp Buddies is an integral part of Greenwell’s summer camps, assisting the senior counselors in running daily activities. This program is open to young people ages 13 to 16. They receive formal training and may spend one week or up to nine weeks at camp. Call 301-373-9775, write or visit

Sea Scout Ship 548 (a division of Boy Scouts of America) meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Angels Church hall in Avenue. This is a coed group of young adults ages 11 to 21 with interests in advancing their boating skills, seamanship and leadership abilities. Call Doug Yeckley 410-326-4291 or write

The St. Mary’s American and National Little Leagues need umpires and coaches for the upcoming season. Call Vince Vanoss at 240-538-1802 for the American Little League or Tim Nelson at 943-624-9730 for the National Little League.